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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Latitude: 46° 34.685' S
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Between Papatowai and Tautuku on the Southern Scenic Route
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Private access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Skeleton Point
Wave qualityTotally Epic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide position
Best tide movement
This wave is definitely a hard-core tow-in wave, although several locals paddle into it. Papas breaks with size several times a year but usually also has gale-force cross shore winds. The session in the photos is thought to be the biggest waves ever ridden in New Zealand with RCJ and Tony Ray comparing it to a Mavericks.
By sam , 02-02-2009
Brad - hey man i go down there heaps wev got a hell crew and always meet up with the dunnos tow crews, tow or paddle ur call. email me if ur serious asbout ut, cheer
By Anonymous , 27-10-2008
Guy below this - Hey dude leave ya email, ill get in contact.I live in North island. Im keen as to hit it next easter winter, wenever the forecasts looking spot on. Cheers
By Anonymous , 21-07-2008
papas - I want to surf this wave. serious, any1 have any connections? im in aust tasmania perhaps could do some wave trading (stern)? please just serious responses.
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